Daysha Ferrer-Torres, Ph.D. 

  • B.S. - University of Puerto Rico, 2011

  • Ph.D. - University of Michigan, 2017

  • Postdoctoral - University of Michigan, 2017-present

Daysha is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow funded through the MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP). Daysha received her bachelor’s in science degree at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, and a PhD from the University of Michigan in Cancer Biology.  Daysha’s previous work focus on the molecular characterization of esophageal adenocarcinomas with efforts on understanding racial disparities in this cancer’s incidence. Currently, in the Spence Lab, Daysha is working towards the development of in vitro models of human esophagus using both primary human esophagus tissue and human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), with future goals of studying tissue injury and esophagus cancer development.

Daysha enjoys hiking and outdoor activities with her son, Raymar, and dog, Kida. She plays competitive indoor Volleyball in the Ann Arbor Rec & Ed league. Growing up in always sunny and tropical Puerto Rico she tends to hibernate during the long Michigan winters, and she is always cold.